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Closing Arguments for the 5 GOP Gov Candidates: Why Should You Pick Them?

August 14, 2018 By Staff
Closing Arguments for the 5 GOP Gov Candidates: Why Should You Pick Them?

The eighth part in Reclaim Connecticut's eight-part series, examining where the Republican gubernatorial candidates stand on key issues facing primary voters.

On August 14, Connecticut Republicans will go to the polls to decide on a five-way primary for the Republican nomination for governor.

They can choose between party-endorsed Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull), businessman Steve Obsitnik, businessman Bob Stefanowski, and businessman David Stemerman.

Reclaim Connecticut reached out to all five candidates with eight key questions facing Republican voters who go to the polls on August 14. We will post their answers in an eight-part series.

For part eight – our last question in this series – we told the candidates: “In five sentences or less, tell Reclaim Connecticut readers why they should make you the Republican nominee for governor of Connecticut.”

Here are their answers, in the order we received them.

DAVID STEMERMAN

“I’m a self-made businessman and a father of five who is running to make our state a place where families and businesses want to be and are able to thrive. I’ve made tough decisions all through my career, and I’ll bring my independence and ability to spot opportunities – and fix problems – to Hartford to represent the people of Connecticut, not the special interests and the insiders.”

“I’ve also provided policy details where the other candidates have offered only soundbites. All of the Republican candidates tell you that they’ll cut your taxes and shrink the size of the state government; unlike them, I’ve presented bold and credible plans to cut taxes for everyone and have done the math to show how we pay for them, to get our state out of the disaster that Dan Malloy has left us with. My plans are detailed, they’ve been noticed by the voters, endorsed by the Hartford Courant and Kevin Rennie, and they’re all available on my website in full color.”

BOB STEFANOWSKI

“Most voters want an outsider and a businessman as Connecticut’s next Governor, not another career politician. I have 30 years’ experience successfully leading complex, global businesses in a variety of industries. I am the only candidate in this race that has run a business anywhere near the size of Connecticut, has committed to phasing out the state income tax, and has signed a pledge not to raise taxes on the people of this state. It’s going to take a businessman with my credentials to bring this state back from the brink of economic collapse.”

MARK BOUGHTON

“As mayor of Danbury I have a record of accomplishment over nearly 18 years – tight budgets that has kept our mill rate at 27.60, low unemployment and a revitalized downtown and neighborhoods. Danbury is recognized as very livable, workable city. Its comeback can become “Connecticut’s Comeback,’’ our comprehensive blueprint for taking our state on a different path. Our current governor often talked about “the road less traveled’’ as he forged one disastrous policy after another and was supported by Democrats in the legislature. That has to end.”

TIM HERBST

Herbst’s campaign did not respond to multiple inquiries from Reclaim Connecticut.

STEVE OBSITNIK

Obsitnik’s campaign did not respond to multiple inquiries from Reclaim Connecticut.

See parts 1 through 7 here:

Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…Tolls

Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…Working With the Legislature

Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…Bringing Biz Back to Connecticut

Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…Taxes

Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…Debt

Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…the #1 Problem Facing Connecticut

Where the 5 GOP Gov Candidates Stand On…Facing the Dems This Fall